A standardized leveled reading test that converts the results to a Lexile measure. Lexile also evaluates books for difficulty, with levels ranging from 200L to 1700L+ for advanced readers.
Guided Reading Level (GRL)
At the beginning of the school year, your child will sit one-on-one with his teacher and read from a benchmark book (one considered standard for the grade). Under GRL, books run from A to Z, with A being easiest.
Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)
Similar to GRL, at the beginning of the school year your child will read a benchmark book to the teacher and then retell the story. The teacher then scores your child on a range of skills, such as accuracy of reading, comprehension, and fluency. This system starts with level A, for the easiest books, and then switches to numeric levels, running from 1 to 80.
Batchelder Award: The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.Caldecott Medal: The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards: The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
Geisel Award: The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
Newbery Medal: The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Odyssey Award: This annual award is given to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
Pura Belpré Award: The award is named after Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth
Sibert Informational Book Medal: The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois. ALSC administers the award.
Wilder Award: The Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades: The Aesop Prize and Aesop Accolades are conferred annually by the Children’s Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society upon English language books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction.
African Studies Association Children's Africana Book Award: In 1991, Africa Access in collaboration with the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association created the Children’s Africana Book Awards with three major objectives (1) to encourage the publication of children’s and young adult books that contribute to a better understanding of African societies and issues, (2) to recognize literary excellence, and (3) to acknowledge the research achievements of outstanding authors and illustrators.
Boston Globe Horn Book Awards: Winners are selected in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction. Two Honor Books may be named in each category. On occasion, a book will receive a special citation for its high quality and overall creative excellence.
Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Non-Fiction: The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction were established in 2012 to recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. the previous year.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent: These books affirm new talent and offer visibility to excellence in writing or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator.
Elsie Locke Award: The Elsie Locke Non Fiction Award recognizes a distinguished contribution to non-fiction for young people.
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and Illustrator Awards: Known collectively as the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award, the New Writer Award was established in 1985 and the New Illustrator Award in 2001 to recognize and encourage emerging talent in the field of children’s books.
Giverny Award: The Giverny Award is an annual children's science picture book award. Nominees must teach young readers at least one important scientific principle well, or encourage the reader toward specific science-related attitudes, pursuits, or inquiries.
Golden Duck Awards: The Golden Duck Awards, which are designed to encourage science fiction literature for children, are presented every year at Worldcon.
Green Earth Book Awards: The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books.
Gryphon Award: The Gryphon Award is given annually in recognition of an English language work of fiction or non-fiction for which the primary audience is children in Kindergarten through Grade 4. The title chosen best exemplifies those qualities that successfully bridge the gap in difficulty between books for reading aloud to children and books for practiced readers.
Irma S. & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature: The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (Irma Black Award) goes to an outstanding book for young children - a book in which text and illustrations are inseparable, each enhancing and enlarging on the other to produce a singular whole. The Irma Black Award is unusual in that children are the final judges of the winning book.
Jane Addams Children's Book Awards: The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards are given annually to the children's books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.
Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award: The Lillian Shepherd award for excellence in illustration is given to an illustrator residing in or from Atlantic Canada, or who has illustrated a book written by an Atlantic Canadian or a book that is set in the region.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia.
New York Times Best Illustrated Books 2016: Every year since 1952, the Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. The winning books are chosen from among thousands for what is the only annual award of its kind.
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Awards for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are made in four categories: Young Adult Fiction, Junior Fiction, Non-fiction and Picture Book. Five finalists are selected for each category and from these a winner in each category is selected.
Orbis Pictus Awards for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children: The NCTE Orbis Pictus Award was established in 1989 for promoting and recognizing excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children’s science trade books. They were chosen by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC).
Phoenix Award: The Children's Literature Association, an organization of teachers, scholars, librarians, editors, writers, illustrators, and parents interested in encouraging the serious study of children's literature, created the Phoenix Award. The award, given to a book originally published in the English language, is intended to recognize books of high literary merit.
Reading Association of Ireland Award:The RAI Book Award was instigated in 1985 with the primary objective of encouraging the publication of quality children’s books in Ireland. It was the first such award in Ireland, and is presented for a book written by an Irish author and published in Ireland.
Russell Clark Award:First established in 1975, the LIANZA Russell Clark Illustration Award recognises the most distinguished pictures or illustrations for a children’s book, by a New Zealand artist or illustrator. The pictures or illustrations must convey the spirit of the book, and judges take into account the format and physical make up of the book. The Russell Clark is one of the few national awards celebrating illustration.
Schneider Family Book Awards (American Library Association):The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences
Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association): The first and most enduring award for GLBT books is the Stonewall Book Awards, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table.
Texas Bluebonnet Award:Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6.
Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children's Book Award:Texas State University College of Education developed the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award to honor authors and illustrators who create literature that depicts the Mexican American experience.